Run for the Hills 2015

Run for the Hills Start

Supporting your neighborhood and your parks

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Back for its 24th year, the Run for the Hills continues to be an important fundraiser to preserve and enhance the beauty of Francis Park while also providing some funding for Willmore Park landscaping projects. Our parks are active and teeming with thousands of people throughout any given week of the year. The Run for the Hills is the major fundraiser to improve our parks for future generations of St Louis Hills neighbors.

We hope you will strongly consider registering for the Run if you run, walk, or bike around the parks; if your kids play at the playgrounds; if you’re getting lean and mean in a boot camp; if your team practices on the fields; if your home’s front yard is the park; if you play tennis or racquetball on the courts, have a picnic there, play catch with your kids, watch a concert, play soccer, or handball there; if you sled down the hills; or come to the Christmas Tree lighting; or experienced your first kiss behind a majestic tree; or proudly strolled around the lily pond at your Art in the Park; if you sit on the benches eating Ted Drewes and enjoy the people watching; if you meet your friends to catch up and talk; if you have taken your kids to hunt for Easter eggs; if you stroll around the lily pond… I’ll end there but my point is that all of us spend so much of our time at or around our parks, we should all register for the Run to support these beautiful places in which we have made so many memories.



On Saturday, September 19, the 5k run (3.1 miles) will begin at 8 am at the corner of Donovan and Itaska. After the 5k is complete, a 1 mile competitive run for kids will start at 9:15. All other 1 mile runners and walkers will line up right behind the kids and take off right behind them.

Thank you for supporting the Run for the Hills over the past 23 years. We hope you can be part of this STL Hills tradition by signing up for the 5k run, the 1 mile run/walk, or as a supporter who wants a great neighborhood tshirt and a fun morning with friends. You can also do your part to increase attendance by inviting neighbors, family, friends, boot campbuddies, and co-workers to participate in the event. You may also consider putting a team together to train for and run the 5k.

We thank all of our neighbors who live within the boundaries of the race course and are not able to drive on their streets because of the street closures. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience while the streets are closed for a few hours the morning of the race. If you live on the course and must drive that morning, please make arrangements to park your car on a nearby street off the course. Drive safely and be courteous to the hundreds of volunteers who are blocking the streets for the safety of the runners. Thank you for your sacrifice for the betterment of our neighborhood.

Let’s build this wonderful neighborhood tradition and show St Louis we have the best 5k in town while protecting and preserving our parks. If you have any questions about the run, please call Wayne Myrick at 314-749-8661.

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Ted Drewes Interview

Ted DrewesThis interview of Ted Drewes was done by Ron Elz (better known as Johnny Rabbitt), a long-time and famous resident of St. Louis Hills. The interview was conducted in early 2015.

This is the first-ever interview of people who are part of St. Louis Hills history. More will follow.

The History Committee is open to suggestions for other notable current or past residents of St. Louis Hills to be interviewed. Please contact Rick Palank at

You can find more historical information about St. Louis Hills in the History section of our site.

Help Make 100 years of Francis Park A Celebration

It’s time to honor the man who gave us this gift.

Dear Neighbors and Business Associates,
You are invited to participate in an exciting, upcoming project for our beautiful Francis Park!

David R Francis Statue PromotionThe Friends of Francis Park, the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Art in the Park Association invite you to join in their efforts to place a statue of David Rowland Francis.

He was a very distinguished, philanthropic man of foresight. He served our city, state, and country in many prestigious offices as St. Louis mayor, Missouri governor, President of the 1904 World’s Fair, and Ambassador to Russia. Francis Field at Washington University Campus is named after him as well as Francis Quadrangle on the University of Missouri campus. Mr. Francis deserves special recognition and respect by placing a statue of him in the park he donated to our community in 1918.

In the near future, we will be asking for donations to make this endeavor a reality and look forward to your help with this project. A statue of David Rowland Francis would certainly be an added jewel to our beloved Francis Park.

Many thanks for your part in honoring this great man and his legacy.

Meet the artist Harry Weber ( and see his ideas for this statue at the next general meeting on August 5th. Mr. Weber is renowned in Missouri for his numerous statues around Busch Stadium, on the river front and at the capital. Our goal is to have the Statue unveiling at the Christmas tree lighting in 2018 for the 100 year anniversary of this great gift to St. Louis Hills.

Your ideas and volunteer help will be needed for this project. Come to the meeting and check it out. If you cannot make the meeting contact Janet Morton at 314-352-3204.